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  •  Some facts in the gun debate (15+ / 0-)

    Fear seems to be the driving factor and yet according to the FBI

    In 2011, an estimated 1,203,564 violent crimes occurred nationwide, a decrease of 3.8 percent from the 2010 estimate.

    When considering 5- and 10-year trends, the 2011 estimated violent crime total was 15.4 percent below the 2007 level and 15.5 percent below the 2002 level.
    There were an estimated 386.3 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011.

    Aggravated assaults accounted for the highest number of violent crimes reported to law enforcement at 62.4 percent. Robbery comprised 29.4 percent of violent crimes, forcible rape accounted for 6.9 percent, and murder accounted for 1.2 percent of estimated violent crimes in 2011.

    Information collected regarding type of weapon showed that firearms were used in 67.7 percent of the nation’s murders, 41.3 percent of robberies, and 21.2 percent of aggravated assaults. (Weapons data are not collected for forcible rape.) (See Expanded Homicide Data Table 7, Robbery Table 3, and the Aggravated Assault Table.)

    Also too
     Murder Circumstances by Weapon, 2011

    Hobbs: "How come we play war and not peace?" Calvin: "Too few role models."

    by BOHICA on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 05:47:26 AM PST

    •  Violent crime rates fall, gun deaths remain high (2+ / 0-)
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      BOHICA, ek hornbeck
      Violent crime rates have been falling in recent years, but the number of people killed by firearms in the United States remains high.  According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, between 2006 and 2010 47,856 people were murdered in the U.S. by firearms, more than twice as many as were killed by all other means combined.
      http://abcnews.go.com/...

      Furthermore there is the fact that Congress has removed funding for firearms-related research so that the Center for Disease Control lacks the data to counter the statistics used by the gun lobby.

      ❧To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:17:20 PM PST

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